September 25, 2020

Upcoming Events

October 1, 2, 3

FAC Lawn
Wheaton Academy is proud to present WAvinia, an outdoor performance featuring our Fine Arts students. On October 1, 2, and 3, eight separate performance sessions will feature all of our performing arts groups displaying their work on the FAC Lawn. We are inviting our audiences to enjoy our one live performance of the semester in a beautiful outdoor setting where we are able to maintain protocol for health and wellbeing for both performers and audience members. Parents of performers will have received an email regarding ticketing on Friday, Sept 25. Any other members of the WA family who would like to get tickets may email beginning on Tuesday, Sept 29, to inquire about tickets.

October Bell Schedules
Please click here to see the bell schedules for the month of October. There are various changes due to holidays, conferences, and a Professional Learning Day for faculty.

General News

COVID-19 Update  
It has been a great week at Wheaton Academy for a variety of reasons, and one is that we can report there were no positive cases of COVID-19 among our school community this week!  We continue to be pleased with how well our students are doing with the guidelines set out for them. 

We will continue to enforce practices to respond to potential COVID cases as follows:

  • Students and staff who are ill with COVID-like symptoms will promptly be placed in a separate supervised area away from others until they can be sent home.
  • We are continuously sanitizing high-touch surfaces.
  • As we receive more information from the Department of Public Health and other entities, we will implement additional recommendations and guidelines and will communicate them to families and staff members.

As always, everyone should monitor their health and stay at home if they develop symptoms. Sick persons should contact their health care provider to determine if testing is needed. Students and staff members are asked to remain home until they receive a negative COVID-19 test result or an alternative diagnosis. Students and staff who have a fever of 100.4 must stay home and may not return until fever-free for 24 hours without fever-reducing medication. If your student has had close contact with a known case of COVID-19, keep the student at home and notify your primary healthcare provider, Wheaton Academy, and your local health department. In that instance, the student must self-quarantine for 14 days.

Honoring this year’s Homecoming Court 
Today we honored the 2020 Homecoming Court. The purpose of a Homecoming Court at Wheaton Academy is to recognize members of the Senior class who serve as role models for the school and who possess characteristics of leadership, service, and community building. Unlike other schools, Wheaton Academy does not choose a King and Queen. Choosing only two students does not reflect the majority of students who are leaders of a class, so we honor a group to represent various leadership skills and roles.

The Senior class chose the following group of students from their class based on the following criteria:

  1. Christian testimony that is known and positive. Someone who openly shares Christ to the school.
  2. Qualities of leadership in the Senior class and to the school body.
  3. Hard worker: Whatever you do, work it with all your heart, as working for the Lord and not for men. Col 3:23
  4. Servant heart: For we do not preach ourselves, but Jesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves as your servant for Jesus’ sake. II Cor. 4:5
  5. Compassionate: Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ, God forgave you. Eph. 4:32
  6. Meek: a heart that is open to God’s leading in his/her life.

Please help us celebrate this year’s Homecoming Court: 

Corbin Bates 
Josh Brunner 
Tyson Hogan 
Tommy Reed 
Wilber Reyes Delgado 
Evan Shelton 
David Stoner 
Jacob Tepe 

Amy Alexander 
Kelly Bickhart
Madison Brown 
Hannah Crowe 
Gloria Grace Poland 
Anna Schoepke 
Kayla Strzalka 
Val Terdina

Magnus App Update
Parents, be sure to update your Magnus app on the morning of Wednesday, September 30, before you self-certify your student(s). Magnus will be running an update early that morning, and if your app is not updated after they run it, you won’t be able to self-certify. Thanks!

Virtual Learning Session #2 Begins on October 5
Please fill out this brief survey for those interested in-opting their student into the Virtual Learning experience Session #2. If you are opting-in to virtual learning, we need your response to the survey by Friday, October 2. Please note that students planning on returning to school in person do not need to take the survey.  If you have further questions or need clarification before deciding on Oct 2, please email Erin Carwell: Click here for the survey:

For students choosing Virtual Learning, please note the following information:

  • Students should plan on being “synchronously” in class each day via zoom. This means that virtual students will be on the same schedule as those on campus. Class attendance is required each day.

A Note from the WA IT Office
The pens issued with the Surface Pro require AAAA batteries.  WA I.T. has those hard to find batteries for sale for $1 each (payable via PushCoin), as well as pen tips ($4) or the black pens themselves ($40).  Students can stop by the I.T. department during the school day to make a purchase. 

Co-Curricular Attendance
In light of new opportunities this year to learn from home, we wanted to remind you of a policy in our Student Handbook that students must be present on campus for at least half of the school day in order to participate in co-curricular activities after school.  The exception to this is students who have elected to participate in Virtual Learning and have received approval to participate in co-curricular activities.  Please refer to the policy, copied below, from the student handbook, and feel free to contact Erin Carwell (630-562-7528) or Brad Thornton (630-562-7530) with further questions.

A student must be in attendance for three periods of the day on a 7-period day or two periods for a block day (excluding lunch) to be involved in any co-curricular activities that take place that day. Exceptions may be requested for unavoidable absences (funerals, delayed medical appointments, etc.) that do not allow attendance in the minimum amount of classes.

Mr. Musso, WA Bible Teacher is Recognized
Congratulations to Brad Musso on his induction to the Wheaton College Hall of Honor this year.  Here is a link with more information on this outstanding honor.

Volunteers for Lunch Help
If you would like to help with lunches, use this sign-up sheet to volunteer on a regular or as-needed basis. Thank you in advance for your help!

College Corner

Wednesday, October 14
8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m: SAT for Seniors
8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m: PSAT NMSQT for Sophomores – Juniors
8:00 – 11:30 a.m: PSAT 8/9 for Freshmen
Please click here for important details regarding our all-school test day on Wednesday, October 14. Seniors will take the official SAT since we weren’t allowed to administer it in April. Contact Gina Churchill is you have any questions.